“I’m always bloated, just who I am”
“There is nothing I can do – why do I bother fighting it?
I hear a lot of this, and if you are one of my clients, you know it’s one of the imperative questions I ask in my assessments.
How people learn to just… live… with “the all dooming bloat” is beyond me. Not only do people think it’s normal, but they think it’s supposed to occur.
I have stories of both men and women eating pretty low calories during their fat loss phases, and they STILL have bloat and gas. Now I’m talking waking themselves up in their sleep type of gas – and that’s not fun for any party involved 🙂
They also think it occur for the incorrect reasons – ie. Too much protein, too much salt and other misinformation.
Here are a couple of things that you should consider if you chronically are bloated, that you might not have considered before:
1) Keep your water AND salt intake consistent and HIGH!
What? Isn’t sodium bad for you, Lord Mega? If I had a nickel every single time I’ve heard this, I might have enough for a pretty decent vacation. Sodium, when you vary it, can lead to lots of puff and bloat. How the body works, is when you consume a decent amount of water (at least 2 liters) along with a modest amount of salt, your kidneys will actually enjoy you. This not only filers the excess water and sodium out of your system, but keeps the kidneys healthy, and actually hydrates the body. I am going to link a much more in depth article written by Scott Abel if you’d like to learn even more about the correct usage of sodium -> http://scottabel.blogspot.ca/2007/07/sodium-unsung-hero-to-performance-and.html
2) Eating protein isn’t what’s giving you gas
More than likely, it’s a type of carb that’s giving you the most grief – and this could vary from oatmeal, right up to broccoli (interesting enough, both of these give myself personal bloat/gas). In terms of always blaming protein, we’re barking up the wrong tree. Now, using low quality sources of protein, such as poor quality whey protein, can give you some gas and bloat absolutely – but this is going to be very individual. I have seen some bloat horridly on certain proteins, and others not. I don’t have a direct list of what will or won’t bloat you – but you have to pay attention and listen to your body – and see when the bloat occurs. For instance, Oatmeal is quite the “good, clean carb” staple for most – but for others, it can make them feel a bit “too” full – and then have them knock out the person across the gym with their bad gas.
3) Your micronutrients are askew
When dieting down for fat loss – or any caloric restriction for that matter – your digestion can become a bit “selective” in a sense of your body will pay quite a bit more attention – due to bloating and gas being more noticeable than if you’re in a caloric surplus. Also – when we’re dieting, certain micronutrients can start being limited – especially magnesium and potassium. If we’re not acquiring these from your diet, your body can start to rebel, with either a slow digestive tract, or even having fiber be off in some way shape or form. When these micronutrients are corrected, more often than not, bloat and gas can be controlled.
There are many ways the body can bloat and become gassy, but here are some reasons I have found over the years of coaching numerous clients that you can consider, and potentially implement to reduce – and even cure – your own. I mean, who wouldn’t want to sleep through the night without waking themselves up with a smell that would kill a small dog?
If you’d like to see if we can help you out with bloat/gas, shoot me a quick message – I would be more than happy to help.
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